Jumat, 17 Mei 2013

ALL DAY COURSES (Saturday Full-Day Course)

ALL DAY COURSES (Saturday Full-Day Course)
A One Day Immersion Into the Practice Flow of Ashtanga Yoga

This class is an in-depth immersion and fun-filled exploration of the dynamic system of Ashtanga Yoga covering as much ground as is possible in one day. In a step-by-step manner the minute details of the practice will be covered beginning with the Sun Salutations and traveling all of the way through to Savasana. David will offer his popular Physics of Flight Vinyasa Techniques providing detailed information for jumping through and back. Alternatives will be given for the more challenging asanas to allow students of all levels to attend. Whether you are a newbie or an afficianado you will find a wealth of practical information and insightful nuances that can be applied within the realms of whatever level of practice you have. In the decades that David has been practicing and teaching he has developed a keen insight into the subtle aspects of the practice and has become known for his compassionate way of sharing these insights and breaking the details down into practical and informative terms that can be easily applied within practice as well as within the context of daily life. Even if you do not practice Ashtanga you will find a multitude of powerful and useful information to be applied within your personal journey of yoga. There is a lot of partner work in this fun-filled and energetic class as well as plenty of laughter woven into the wealth of knowledge and information that students will gain. This class is great for beginners or those already familiar with the practice.

Sunday Workshop
Hop on the Bus and Enjoy a Ride Through Second Series Asanas
Many people are frightened of or intimidated by the Second Series of Ashtanga Yoga. But it is truly one of the most fun sequences! David will present the Second Series with great compassion, patience and humor. Students should have a regular practice of the First Series in order to attend this class. David will lead the participants through as much of the Second Series practice as seems appropriate for the group. He will offer alternatives and guidance along the way and explain methods and techniques to make the Second Series asanas feel more accessible and user-friendly. This class is a great way to experience the dynamics of second series in a safe and fun environment.
A Fun-filled exploration of Vinyasa and Arm-balances
One of the greatest challenges of the Ashtanga flow is the vinyasa. In this class David will break the vinyasa down into its basic components. He likes to refer to this as: “The Physics of Flight”. Participants will explore techniques for creating greater lightness and efficiency of practice while using less effort to achieve greater ease.
 The class will also explore the elements of handstands and arm-balances. It is common to feel intimidated or even frightened by balancing on our hands. David will address this issue and offer techniques and practical methods of approach to allow for greater confidence and ability that can be carried away and applied within a personal practice.  This will all be done through the avenue of insightful and simple methods he has designed through decades of practice and teaching others. There will be partner work as well as individual techniques offered. There is always plenty of laughter and fun as well as a depth of information David’s classes. All levels may attend even if you have never done a handstand before. Alternatives are always given.

Exploring the Invisible and Mysterious World of Prana
In Sanskrit, Man means Mind and Tra means to Free or Deliver. Therefore the word Mantra means to Free the Mind. There are many mantras that are well known amongst yoga practitioners such as Om and a plethora of others. There is another mantra that is just as powerful and even more accessible. It is the sound of our breath: Ujjayi. There is no other sound more universal than breath. It is not tied to language or culture and transcends religious beliefs. The sound of our breath is “chanted” from the first moment of birth. When practiced with awareness and efficiency this simple act of breathing becomes a deep and spiritual experience. In addition to breath work the class will also explore the invisible world of internal energy valves known as Bandhas. There is much confusion surrounding these mystical tools for controlling the movement and regulation of pranic flow. David will encourage interactive discussion as well as presenting of a series of practical exercises he has developed to gain greater understanding of these subtle yet powerful elements of yoga. Participants are sure to go away with a greater understanding and clarity as well as techniques to be applied within the realms of their personal practice regardless of the system!

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